Pontifications: Critical step in Boeing MAX recertification target: May

March 30, 2020, © Leeham News: Barring further issues, the FAA Type Inspection Authorization for the MAX is targeted for the second half of May, LNA learned. This is a critical step in recertifying the airplane. Also barring more… Read More

MAX, 777X certification questions abound at Singapore Airshow

By Judson Rollins February 13, 2020, © Leeham News: Despite depressed turnout at this year’s Singapore Airshow, there was still plenty of conversation around the return to service for Boeing’s beleaguered 737 MAX – and potential impacts on… Read More

“Who’s going to fail?”

By Scott Hamilton Feb. 5, 2020, © Leeham News: “Who’s going to fail?” This is a key question on the sidelines of the annual Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance conference in Lynnwood (WA). The question, of course, related to… Read More

Boeing hasn’t hit bottom yet. Neither have suppliers.

By Scott Hamilton Analysis Jan. 15, 2020, © Leeham News: The extent of the damage to Boeing from the 737 MAX crisis still is unfolding. Billions of dollars in new costs and charges are expected to be announced… Read More

MAX delivery process will be slowed by FAA’s fewer resources

By Scott Hamilton Jan. 14, 2020, © Leeham News: Boeing likely faces an extended timeline to clear its inventory of 400 737 MAXes. LNA estimates it will be well into 2022 before these new-production airplanes are delivered to… Read More

Boeing hiring for key mechanic roles even as production cuts rumored

By BRYAN CORLISS Dec. 16, 2019, © Leeham News — Even as Boeing’s board of directors met this weekend to discuss a potential 737 MAX production reduction or freeze, the company has continued to hire workers it will… Read More

With no end of MAX grounding in sight, Boeing may be forced to cut or suspend production soon

Dec. 11, 2019, © Leeham News: With confirmation by the Federal Aviation Administration that recertification of the 737 MAX won’t happen until 2020, Boeing is rapidly facing a decision whether to reduce or suspend MAX production. With no… Read More

Airlines look toward another peak season without the MAX

Subscription Required Introduction Nov. 11, 2019, © Leeham News: Airlines are beginning to make plans for another peak summer season either without the Boeing 737 MAX in their fleets, or a reduced number. With the recertification of the… Read More

Pontifications: To no surprise, MAX was major topic at 3 NYC events

Media, Twitter go mad over text messages. Recertifying MAX now looks like December or January. Boeing’s initial compensation offers. Oct. 21, 2019, © Leeham News: New York: The grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX was expected to be… Read More

Pontifications: Safety changes good for Boeing, the industry

Sept. 30, 2019, © Leeham News: Boeing’s announcement last week that it’s establish a permanent Board level safety committee, realigning some functions and creating new lines of reporting is a good and necessary step. It’s not only good… Read More